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Tory MP admits Ukip seats theory

Conservatives should allow Ukip to scoop up some parliamentary seats as part of a pact to avoid splitting the right-wing vote, according to a prominent Tory.

Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested that Nigel Farage's party would expect to get some MPs out of any deal, which he suggested was "likely" to be discussed next year.

The backbencher floated the idea of Conservatives making a ''big, open and comprehensive'' offer of coalition with Ukip to keep Labour out of power earlier this year.

"I'm not going to say which of my friends I think should make way for Ukip," he told Channel 4 News tonight.

"Potentially some, some... Ukip would expect to get some Members of Parliament out of this, yes, yes, of course."

He added : "My view is that it is likely that there will be some discussions about how to do a deal in a year from now."

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